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David Gibson: Inner Agent

Read "Inner Agent" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea of creating a safe space to allow for disregarding safety may be paradoxical in nature, but it makes perfect sense when contextualized or couched in jazz terms. There can be no resolution of faith in one's surroundings and colleagues without taking the trust fall, there can be no reward without risk, and there can be no true growth without belief. Those ideals are jazz to the core, and they're at the heart of this project from trombonist David ...

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David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's where the studio known as Acoustic Recording is situated, and that's where trombonist David Gibson has come to record what will be his fourth ...

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David Gibson: Boom!

Read "Boom!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist David Gibson's Boom!--his sixth leader date, and third release on the Posi-Tone imprint--is something of a fresh start. His two previous releases--A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009) and End Of The Tunnel (Posi-Tone, 2011)--were cut from the same cloth, as each largely focused on funk, soul jazz, and swing; both albums also featured the same quartet--Gibson on trombone, Julius Tolentino on alto saxophone, labelmate Jared Gold on organ, and Quincy Davis on drums. Now, Gibson returns with a new group--a ...

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Take Five With David Gibson

Read "Take Five With David Gibson" reviewed by David Gibson

Meet David Gibson: Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson's musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz." David's newest recording, End of the Tunnel, is ...

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David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel

Read "End Of The Tunnel" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Words like “funky" and “groovy" are often bandied about by musicians, reviewers and fans alike. Once upon a time they represented the heights of popular musical achievement; today, they're a little anachronistic, their use more ironic than laudatory. Then something comes along that epitomizes both terms, and reclaims them as badges of honor. Trombonist David Gibson's End Of The Tunnel is such a recording, a quartet album of music that reminds the jazz world just how great funky and groovy ...

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David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel

Read "End Of The Tunnel" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

David Gibson's A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009) had a lot to offer, the trombonist garnering attention for its vibrant swing, soul and funk-laced jazz, but it wasn't a one-man show. He had some help from a stellar support crew, and the same musicians that assisted in fleshing out his vision there return for another go-round on End Of The Tunnel. While saxophonist Julius Tolentino proves to be a simpatico frontline companion on this outing, Gibson's main foil ...

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David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel

Read "End Of The Tunnel" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The second release for trombonist David Gibson's quartet, End Of The Tunnel, is a return to the ever popular soul-jazz genre. As with his previous disc, A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009), Gibson and organist Jared Gold share a love for that infectious 1960s organ combo sound. This disc also continues with the same lineup, and why not keep going? The music just feels so good; a sound that began in African-American churches but was ultimately incorporated into night ...

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David Gibson: A Little Somethin'

Read "A Little Somethin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist David Gibson arrived in New York in 1999 and wasted no time making his presence felt. Work with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Slide Hampton, the Hot Pants Funk Sextet and a string of leader dates for Nagel-Heyer Records helped to cement his reputation in the New York jazz community and beyond. A Little Somethin' is Gibson's recording debut for Posi-Tone Records and features his working band, with the unique instrumentation of trombone, alto saxophone, organ and drums. ...

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David Gibson: A Little Somethin'

Read "A Little Somethin'" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With his fourth album as leader, New York-based trombonist David Gibson shows why he has become such a vital player and musical force, providing A Little Somethin' to think about. This Thelonious Monk Award-winning trombonist also brings his skills as a composer and arranger to bear, delivering five creative originals among the nine-piece repertoire that features a wealth of musical styles, ranging from straight-ahead and funky to modern and a taste of classical.

Gibson shares the front line with alto ...

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David Gibson: A Little Somethin'

Read "A Little Somethin'" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

To read or listen to some of the commentary about jazz and hear that this genre of music is dying; to read with cynicism that artists are either playing music that is 50 years old or they are playing something so “catchy" and “mainstream," that it is a “stretch of the imagination" to even call it jazz. This is all over the place. One listen to trombonist David Gibson's A Little Somethin' serves as proof that the people who share ...

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David Gibson: The Path to Delphi

Read "The Path to Delphi" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

The Path to Delphi, trombonist David Gibson's latest work, is a walk along the path of spirituality in the tradition of John Coltrane. The Hellenic-themed opus kicks off with Dwayne Burno's bass statement on the title cut, a tightly arranged, reed-driven tune. Rick Germanson's deft and inventive piano solo sparkles, building the tension before Gibson steps in with a solo whose ideas fit nicely into the groove, with Wayne Escoffery wailing on soprano in his wake.

Rich horn arrangements highlight ...

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David Gibson: The Path to Delphi

Read "The Path to Delphi" reviewed by John Kelman

Some jazz fans are constantly on the lookout for innovation and look down their noses at albums that are less than revolutionary--or even evolutionary, for that matter. But the truth is that within the broader purview of jazz there's plenty of room for works that are less ambitious but no less engaging. Sometimes a good story well told should be taken on face value, rather than looking for deeper meaning and significant invention.

Such is the case with trombonist David ...


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